Somali Culture in Columbus, Ohio
More than 60,000 Somali people now call Columbus home, which makes their community the second-largest concentration of Somali immigrants in the United States. (The largest population is 120,000 in nearby Minneapolis, and another large group lives in San Diego.) Most of these African people arrived after 1995. Columbus has approximately 20 Somali restaurants. Most of the Somalis continue to dress in traditional style.
|Somali men in Columbus, Ohio|
Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center 591 Industrial Mile Rd., (614)-272-9994. Built in 2014, this is one of the largest mosques in the region.
|women's side of mosque at Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center in Columbus, Ohio|
|prayer schedule in mosque at Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center in Columbus, Ohio|
Global Mall 2210 Morse Rd., Northland. Set up like a true African market, the stalls at this small mall are filled with of traditional Somali clothing and everyday necessities. A barbershop and popular Somali café are also located here.
|interior of Somali Global Mall in Columbus, Ohio|
|interior of shop in Somali Global Mall in Columbus, Ohio|
|bracelets for sale in shop at Somali Global Mall in Columbus, Ohio|
Hamdi Grill 1784 Huy Rd., Linden, (614) 447-0199. Daily 10am-11pm. The cuisine of West Africa is prepared here using seasonings that include cumin, cardoman, garlic, and fried peppers, plus some secret spices and a mix of roots. Hamdi spiced tea is a very sweet mix of cinnamon, cardoman, and cloves--sort of like Indian chai. Popular dishes include steamed goat, pasta (Somalia was an Italian colony), chappati, and fresh mango juice. During Ramadan, the restaurants are closed for lunch but are jumping after sunset, when fasting ends.
|menu of Somali fare at Hamdi Grilll in Columbus, Ohio|
|traditional Somali fare at Hamdi Grilll in Columbus, Ohio|
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